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Former OWU President David Lockmiller Dies at Age 98

February 8, 2005

Delaware, Ohio -- Dr. David Lockmiller, Ohio Wesleyan's 10th president, passed away on Feb. 2 in Hermitage, Tennessee at the age of 98 years.

Born in Athens, Tennessee, Dr. Lockmiller practiced law for several years in Monett, Missouri, prior to being named president of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's predecessor university from 1942 to 1959. He then became president at Ohio Wesleyan.

Starting as a research assistant in the Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina in 1934, Dr. Lockmiller rose through the ranks to a full professorship and chairmanship of the Department of History and Political Science in the North Carolina College of the University of North Carolina in 1941. He received his B. Ph. and M.A. degrees from Emory University, a law degree from Cumberland University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of North Carolina. In addition to writing articles in the fields of history, law and education for scholarly and popular periodicals, Dr. Lockmiller authored five books.

Dr. Lockmiller is survived by his spouse, Virginia Golladay Lockmiller, and two children, Carlotta Elizabeth and Franklin Russell.